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Archive for the 'Diet-Vegan' Category

McDonald’s is setting up vegetarian outlets

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

That’s right. Financial Times reports veggie only outlets will appear in Amritsar, home to the Golden Temple, the holiest site of India’s minority Sikh faith, and the small town of Katra, the base for Hindus visiting the mountain shrine of Vaishno Devi, the second busiest pilgrimage spot in India. (more…)

Best diets

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

U.S. News evaluated and ranked 20 diets with input from a panel of health experts. (more…)

Vegetarian diet and the risk of the metabolic syndrome

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Researchers at Loma Linda University, in California, compared dietary patterns. (more…)

Effect of vegetarian diets on mood

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Vegetarian diets exclude fish, the major dietary source of fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are critical regulators of brain cell structure and function.

Researchers at Arizona State University, in Mesa, examined associations between mood and polyunsaturated fatty acid intake in vegetarian and omnivorous diets. (more…)

Lowering cholesterol using a plant-based diet

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

beating heartCurrent guidelines recommend diet as first-line therapy to lower cholesterol levels in the blood.

But what constitutes an optimal dietary regimen? (more…)

Are organic kiwis healthier to eat?

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

A study by Dr. Maria Amodio from the University of California, Davis compared the nutritional profile of conventional and organic kiwis (aka, Chinese gooseberries).

Here are the results.


Benefits and risks of vegan diets

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

 Veganism is a diet and lifestyle that excludes using animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose.

Dr. Winston Craig from Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, Michigan reviews both, and makes recommendations. (more…)

CAM and diabetes: An update of recent studies

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

The World Health Organization has predicted a 39% rise in the worldwide prevalence of diabetes by 2030. And an article in The Lancet indicates this might be an underestimation.

Since November is Diabetes Month, here’s a round-up of CAM options for people with diabetes from 2006 through March 2007.

Strong words about the effects of a vegan diet on infants, babies, and toddlers

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

An op-ed in The New York Times is critical of the effects of veganism (a vegetarian who omits all animal products from the diet) on young ones.

The money quotes? (more…)

Status of CAM to treat the frailty syndrome

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

There’s a need, but no well-documented evidence.

Researchers from the Miami VA Medical Center in Florida have complied a detailed review. (more…)

Vegan diet and type 2 diabetes

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

While both a low-fat vegan diet and a diet based on ADA guidelines improve blood sugar and cholesterol control in patients with type 2 diabetes, these improvements are greater with a low-fat vegan diet.

This is the conclusion from a study of 99 patients in Diabetes Care, a publication of the American Diabetes Association.


Interactions between supplements and drugs used to treat AIDS

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have reviewed natural health products (NHPs) and antiretroviral drugs (ARVs). Here are the results


Benefits of a vegan diet for rheumatoid arthritis

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Dietary manipulation helps people regain a sense of control over their disease.

In addition, researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden report changes that might be beneficial. (more…)

Dolly Parton has back pain

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

It’s so bad that she canceled her concert tour.

Here’s the state-of-the-art (not including pharmacology and surgery) for treating lower back pain (LBP) from the North American Spine Society. (more…)

Allopathic and CAM update on diabetes treatment in young people

Friday, September 7th, 2007

The review article is posted on the American Family Physician website. In addition to diagnosis and pharmacological treatment, it covers diet and exercise.

CAM options are not included. (more…)

Prevalence of diabetes in the US in 2006

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

The Centers for Disease Control has just published the latest data on the prevalence of diabetes in the US.

  • 11% of adults aged 40 to 59 years
  • 23% of those 60 and older have diabetes

Is it any wonder that so many CAM therapies are studied in people with diabetes?

A quick listing of CAM entries for diabetes on this blog is provided below. Or, click the button on the right sidebar to see all of the diabetes entries.


The most commonly used vitamins and herbals

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

These data are from a telephone survey of more than 2500 randomly sampled noninstitutionalized Americans, which was published in 2002. The tables can also be found here. (more…)